Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm in St. Matthews, South Carolina to a horse trainer father and a factory worker mother. Growing up in poverty, Viola Davis managed to continue her education life and began to show her acting talent in high school. Educated in a performing arts school, Viola Davis stood out for her talent and attended and graduated from the Juilliard School, one of the most renowned performing arts conservatories in the United States.
Viola Davis started her professional career in 1992 with an off-Broadway play. Viola Davis, who made her Broadway debut in 1996, was successful in attracting attention with her successive performances, and in the same year she took part in a feature film for the first time. Viola Davis won the Obie Award in 1999, the premier award for off-Broadway performances. Carrying out her stage and Hollywood career simultaneously, Viola Davis proved her talent once again by winning the Tony Award in 2001.
In the early part of her career, Viola Davis acted in many movies and TV series, including successful productions such as “Traffic” and “Syriana”. Viola Davis was nominated for an Oscar for the first time for her performance in the movie “Doubt”, which was released in 2008. Viola Davis, who we are used to seeing in action and drama movies, played the character of Aibileen Clark in the movie “The Help” in 2011. Viola Davis, who was nominated for an Oscar once again with this performance, was also nominated for different film awards.
We watched Viola Davis, who appeared in the movie “Prisoners” in 2013, as Annalize Keating in the TV series “How to Get Away with Murder” for six seasons as of 2014. This performance earned Viola Davis a Primetime Emmy Award. Becoming a part of the DC Universe with the movie “Suicide Squad” in 2016, Viola Davis managed to win an Oscar as a supporting actress for her performance in the movie “Fences” in the same year. This performance earned Viola Davis many more awards, such as BAFTA and Golden Globe.
Viola Davis was nominated for an Oscar once again for her role in the movie “Ma Rainey's Black Bottom” in 2020. Viola Davis, whom we watched as Nanisca in the movie “The Woman King” in 2022, is an actress whose career is full of unique achievements. She is one of only three people in Hollywood history to have won an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award. She also won a Grammy Award in 2023 and succeeded in taking this success to a whole new level.
Notes from Viola Davis' career
Released in 1996, “The Substance of Fire” was Viola Davis' feature film debut.
Both TV series in which Viola Davis starred in the first year of her career were NYPD-focused detective TV series. “NYPD Blue” and “New York Undercover”.
Viola Davis appeared in the movies “Traffic” and “Solaris” directed by Steven Soderbergh.
The TV series “City of Angels”, which aired in 2000, was Viola Davis' first long-running TV series project. Viola Davis starred as Nurse Lynnette Peeler in 24 episodes in this TV series project.